The Book Bag, books for Ages 0 to 4 (July/August 2008)

There weren’t many standouts for this audience this time. Both Bee & Me and Too Many Toys set the bar pretty high! Thanks to Andrea and Mark at Just One More Book, we were able to fill out the collection with some podcast reviews.

Bee & Me by Elle J. McGuinness, illustrated by Heather Brown. When a bee comes into his house, a young boy gets the chance to overcome his fear and learn about all the things bees do for us. This book employes Ani-motion™ panels that bring action to the story and will engage pre-readers in thumbing through this sturdy boardbook for hours. (Accord Publishing, 2008)

Too Many Toys written and illustrated by David Shannon You name the toy, Spencer has it. And now mom and dad have had it. So Spencer and Mom look at each and every toy, negotiating which ones will go in the give-away box. “The author makes the process (and getting the message across) fun. Everyone can enjoy this story about kids and their toys. Together, the illustrations and story will give you plenty to share! (The Blue Sky Press, 2008)

If you haven’t visited Just One More Book lately, be sure to stop by and look at their Love of Reading Gallery. It is filled with great illustrations about reading– from the zany to the sublime!

Contagious Wordplaygious: The HICCUPotamus written and illustrated by Aaron Zenz. Frantic antics and logically nonsensical rhyme make this hiccup-halting tactic extravaganza an addictive pick for preschoolers and poets alike. (Dogs in Hats Publishing, 2005)

Flipped Fundamentals: A isn’t for Fox (An Isn’t Alphabet) by Wendy Ulmer, illustrated by Laura Knorr. Smiling eyes, tumbling rhyme and richly illustrated mischief take centre stage in this roundabout romp through the alphabet. (Sleeping Bear Press, 2008)

Crackerjack Crankiness: I’m Not Cute! written and illustrated by Jonathan Allen. Caustic scowls and harried helplessness take turns on the face of an overtired owlet in this hilariously endearing tale of naptime nastiness and unconditional love. (Hyperion, 2005)